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- #1Holland America Line#1 in Best Cruises to Hawaii
Updated in late 2015 (it originally launched in 2008), the ms Eurodam carries up to 2,104 passengers and 878 crew members.
The ship’s 11 deck include six cabin categories, ranging from Interior staterooms (151 to 233 square feet) to Ocean-View and Verandah staterooms as well as Signature, Neptune and Pinnacle Suites. All cabins come equipped with Sealy Euro-top mattresses and flat-screen TVs.
When sailings on the ms Eurodam, recent cruisers were pleased with the versatile section of nine dining venues. Most notably, the ship offers the Sel de Mer French seafood restaurant and the new Master Chef's Table Pop Up that's available on itineraries that are eight nights or more.
Activities range from the new America's Test Kitchen to the BBC Earth Experiences. More active pursuits includes two swimming pools and sports courts. In the evenings, passengers can also sip cocktails at one of the bars and lounges or take in a show at the Lincoln Center Stage or B.B. King's Blues Club.
- #2Princess Cruises#2 in Best Cruises to Hawaii
First launched in 1998, the 2,606-passenger Grand Princess underwent a renovation in 2017 to include newly remodeled restaurants, youth clubs and a new Movies Under the Stars screen. Other onboard amenities include the adults-only Sanctuary, duty-free boutiques and educational programs through the Discovery of Sea program.
When it’s time to eat, the ship houses a total of 12 dining venues, including three main dining rooms, five specialty venues and a variety of casual eateries serving classics like burgers and pizza. Come nightfall, passengers can enjoy musicals in the theater and cocktails in five lounges.
The newly refurbished accommodations are outfitted with amenities like flat-screen TVs and minifridges. Though only 76 percent of exterior cabins offer private balconies – a lower percentage than other ships in the fleet – guests describe cabins as comfortable and spacious. Plus, thanks to a nearly 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio (the ship features 1,150 crew members), past cruisers describe the onboard service as attentive and friendly.
- #3Princess Cruises#3 in Best Cruises to Hawaii
Although Emerald Princess is one of the largest ships in the fleet (carrying up to 3,080 passengers), it still offers balconies from 80 percent of its exterior cabins. Recent cruisers describe the accommodations as sleek and spacious. While groups can opt for a Family Suite for more square footage, those who splurge on Suite category cabins are granted perks like priority specialty dining and disembarkation at ports. All cabins come equipped with flat-screen TVs and minifridges.
Although the ship debuted in 2007, the most recent update in 2015 helped maintain its public spaces. Activities include multiple pools, duty-free shopping boutiques, the Lotus Spa and a photography studio. In the evenings, theater shows, outdoor movies and multiple lounging keep cruisers entertained. The ship also offers age appropriate youth clubs.
Plus, with four pool areas and 12 dining venues – including five specialty venue – past passengers said the ship never felt overly crowded.
- #4Norwegian Cruise Line#4 in Best Cruises to Hawaii
Recently renovated in 2016 (it originally launched in 2005), Pride of America is the only ship in the industry that offers sailings in Hawaii year-round. As such, its home to a hands-on learning center about the history of Hawaii and the fleet's only luau-inspired show, Rock-a-Hula. The ship also represents other famous USA sights with themed areas like the SoHo Art Gallery reminiscent of New York and the South Beach Pool based on Miami Beach.
The ship caters to a diverse set of age groups thanks to youth-oriented programs for ages 3 to 17 as well as more adult pursuits such as a golf driving net, the Mandara Spa and the quiet Conservatory.
Cabins also appeal to a wide range of travelers, from the Studio staterooms for solo travelers (which includes exclusive access to the Studio Lounge) to Inside, Oceanview, Balcony and Suite category cabins for groups. Pride of America houses a total of 13 eateries, including seven specialty restaurants that range from French fare to sushi.
Pride of America carries up to 2,186 passengers and 927 crew members, maintaining a newly 2-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio which cruisers appreciated.
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